Golden Isles Area Guide | Georgia Coast Realty
Lifestyles & Housing
A couple strolls along a quiet shore as the waves gently roll to the beach. A blazing sun sets over an emerald golf course. Dolphins dance in the wake of a fishing boat. Welcome to life in Glynn County. It doesn't matter if you've been here for only a day or an entire lifetime, you'll wish you could stay just a little while longer.
Those who are fortunate enough to call Glynn County their home recognize its magical qualities. Those who visit Brunswick and the Golden Isles are enchanted by the rich, natural landscape found only in our corner of the state.
Glynn County is unique for many reasons. We not only offer a dreamlike getaway, but also a sense of permanence and community to many. With natural amenities, beautiful houses, safe neighborhoods, and no limit of activities, Glynn County is the perfect place to call home.
The beauty of downtown Brunswick demonstrates that the town must have been designed by an artisan many years ago. The English flavor of the community is apparent as you stroll along the brick streets lined with historic buildings and stately homes. In fact, the town was designed by John Glynn, an Englishman who befriended the Colonies during the American Revolution. Glynn's seaport city still retains its orginal grid, as well as 36 of the architecturally significant buildings that have been standing since 1819.
St. Simons Island
Although the original inhabitants of St. Simons were Guale Indians, it was another Englishman, James Edward Oglethorpe, who permanently settled the island in 1636. The island grew, along with Sea Island, as it became apparent that the isles were ideal for fairytale vacations in a new resort area.
One site still frequently visited on St. Simons is the Fort Frederica National Monument. Fort Frederica, built in 1736, is a popular, historic setting. Named for Frederick, Prince of Wales, it is now a well-preserved national park. A museum, tours, and special presentations bring this settlement back to life for its many local and touring visitors. See a map of St. Simons Island.
Known far and wide for its world famous hotel, The Cloister, Sea Island has long brought visitors to our golden corner. The Cloister was founded in the 1920s by Howard E. Coffin, the distinguished inventor of the Hudson Automobile.
The resort amenities include a golf club, a shooting school, horseback riding, fine dining and numerous other activities. Sea Island can be reached by causeway from St. Simons Island.
Because of our rich history, it's easy to understand how our isles became "golden" and how our mainland is steeped in tradition and artistic works. A step onto Jekyll Island transforms one back into an era of immense wealth and glamour, to a time when the wealthiest citizens in the country - the Morgans, Astors, Pulitzers and Rockefellers - retreated to the island as their own private playground. Their Jekyll Island Club, which operated as their private getaway until 1933, still stands today, a symbol of the grandeur of a past time.
Little St. Simons Island
Little St. Simons Island dates back even further. The island was originally purchased in 1908 by Philip Berolzheimer.
Accessible only by boat, Little St. Simons Island is the northernmost point of the Golden Isles and certainly the most secluded. For many years a privately owned retreat, the Island now offers a limited number of guests the rare opportunity to experience the enchantment and solitude of the isolated beaches and marshlands.
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Glynn County is located in the southeastern coastal region of the state on the 1-95 corridor. Savannah sits approximately 75 miles to the north, while Jacksonville is just 65 miles south. Brunswick, the county seat, is conveniently located minutes from 1-95 Exits 29-38. Jekyll Island, Saint Simons Island and Sea Island, referred to as the Golden Isles, are just minutes off U. S. Highway 17.
Glynn County stretches over a land area of approximately 440 square miles, and the natural landscape varies dramatically. From sandy beaches on the eastern seashore to the tall Georgia pine forests west of 1-95, it is amazing that one can find such wonderful variety in one place. The region's flat terrain, interwoven with marshes and intracoastal waterways, averages just 14 feet in elevation.
Glynn County 76,000
St. Simons Island 17,000
Sea Island 1,000
Jekyll Island 560
Glynn County's public school system comprises ten elementary schools, three middle schools, and three high schools, serving 11,500 students. Our schools have benefited from a 1995 bond referendum which provided new facilities and improvement programs throughout the system. Many of our schools and teachers have been recipients of many local, state, and national honors and awards.
You can reach the Glynn County Board of Education at 267-4100
Altama - 264-3563
Borroughs-Mollete - 267-4130
Glyndale - 264-8740
Golden Isles - 264-6822
Goodyear - 267-4170
Greer - 267-4135
Oglethorpe Point - 638-6200
St. Simons - 638-2851
Satilla Marsh - 265-3675
Sterling - 279-1509
Glynn Middle - 267-4150
Jane Macon - 265-3337
Needwood School - 261-4488
Brunswick High - 267-4200
Glynn Academy - 267-4210
Golden Isle Career Academy - 280-4000
Frederica Academy (Pre K4-12) - 638-9981
St. Francis Xavier (Pre K4-8) - 265-9470
College of Coastal Georgia - 279-5700
Brunswick-Glynn County Library - 267-1212
St. Simons Public Library - 638-8234
Brunswick - 280-1250
St. Simons - 638-3621
Sea Island - 638-5172
Jekyll Island - 635-2625
Glynn County Tax Assessors Office - (912) 554-7093
Brunswick City Tax Office - (912) 554-7093
State Personal Income Tax: 1% - 6%
Comcast Cable - 866-554-2313
Georgia Power - 888-660-5890
Brunswick-Glynn County Joint Water & Sewer Commission - 261-7100
AT&T - 888-757-6500
Scana - 877-467-2262
Atlanta Gas & Light - 800-427-5463
Southland Waste - 912-267-6400
Drivers License and Motor Vehicle Information
Georgia State Patrol Office - 264-7394
Motor Vehicle Unit - 267-5680
Building Inspector's Office - (912) 554-7456
Glynn County Board of Elections - 267-5695
Southeast GA Regional Medical Center is a 337 bed Medical Center, and is a part of the Southeast Georgia Health System, which serves Brunswick, the Golden Isles and 13 surrounding counties.
Southeast Georgia Regional Medical Center 2415 Parkwood Drive Brunswick (912) 466-7000
Nursing Home, Assisted Living Facilities & Retirement Communities
Magnolia Manor 100 Heritage Dr., SSI 638-3844
Brunswick-Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce
1505 Richmond Street, 2nd Floor
Brunswick, GA 31520
Golden Isles Convention & Visitors Bureau
1505 Richmond Street, 2nd Floor
Brunswick, GA 31520
* Some of the photos on this website were contributed by the Visitors Bureau